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Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Ilford PanF Plus - Shooting Real Film

Ilford PanF Plus - Shooting Real Film

Just another in my series of shooting real film. This time Ilford PanF Plus, developed in PMK pyro. I was playing with this for a little while to see if it could of the duty as my slow, sharp, fine grained film. The brief answer is no. At the time and still to this day I think Kodak TMAX 100 blows it out of the water in every way, including aesthetics. PanF does nothing for better than TMAX (or Delta 100 for that matter) and a whole lot of things worse.

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Here is the brief rundown. Yes it is sharp and fine grained but it has many faults with redeeming factors. It is really slow, so slow in the shadows that it is more like using Agfa APX 25 or Kodak Panatomic X. In fact I would prefer either of those to Pan F. Combine this characteristic with the fact that it shoulders off so fast in The highlights are more like using an ortho film or Tech Pan and it really sucks. To explain this in english not only is it not speed when trying to retain shadow detail in zone III it blocks up very easily either through exposure or development. When I say it blocks up I really mean that, it does not just get denser and denser like TMAX does while retaining detail, it goes to maximum density really quick and that is all she wrote - no more detail - no more differentiation. Done, blown. TMAX 100 on the other hand will get really dense but continue to add more and more density so the detail is there even if it's hard to newbies to get detail in the highlights. Completely different.

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